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Fayette County, Iowa
Past and Present of Fayette County Iowa, 1910
Author: G. Blessin
B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
Vol. I, Biographical Sketches
WALTER B. STONE
It is always a pleasure to the biographer to record the lives of men
such as those mentioned in this sketch. Walter B. Stone was born in
Warrensburg, Warren county, New York, July 2, 1846, the son of William
B. and Mary (Fuller) Stone. They moved to Washington county, New York,
in 1854, and in 1867 the family came to Eden township, Fayette county,
Iowa. Walter had worked at home in the sawmills and had become a sawyer.
In December, 1863, he enlisted in Company A, Second New York Veteran
Cavalry, most of the members of which regiment were veterans in the
service. He joined the regiment at Camp Stanton, Virginia. In February
they were transferred to the Department of the Gulf and sent to Morganza
Bend, on the Mississippi, Col. Morgan H. Chisler having been sent by
ocean vessel to New Orleans. The regiment got new horses at New Orleans.
Their service consisted in keeping the eastern and western armies in
touch, scouting and other such duties. In the last campaign they were
transferred to the coast of Florida, marched to Fort Blakely and were
there at the time of Lee's surrender. Mr. Stone continued to serve with
his command and was discharged at the end of his term in November, 1865.
The regiment had headquarters at Talladye, Alabama, during the last few
months. There was a great deal of factional felling and troops were
necessary to maintain peace. After his discharge Mr. Stone went back to
New York, but was in bad health on account of his service. He attended
school and worked in a store until 1866. Oliver Stone, a cousin of
William B., was already in Iowa and so they moved there. They first
rented land near Eden, then bought a farm near Hawkeye, then came back
to Eden township, until in 1878 his father moved to Nebraska, where he
died in 1883. His wife spent her remaining life with her son, W. B., a
daughter in Nebraska, and a daughter in New Hampshire, in which latter
place she died in 1897. James W., a brother of Walter B., who had served
in the Twenty-second Regiment New York Infantry and in the Second New
York Veteran Cavalry for four years and a half, had come to Iowa with
the family, but in 1868 he and Walter went to Chicago and there they
learned the upholsterer's trade. James died in Chicago in 1902. Walter
spent fourteen years at the upholstering trade, being the foreman of a
large shop with twenty-five men under him at the time he left the trade.
He was in Chicago at the time of the fire and saw the most of it,
especially in the heaviest business districts.
From 1882 Mr. Stone carried on general farming very successfully until his death, which occurred on June 10, 1910, the place comprising one hundred and thirty acres of well improved land. In 1884 he built the present home. Two of his children died in childhood, and the five living are: George G., carpenter and blacksmith, of Alpha; Lestena, who married R. D. Davis, of Alpha; Walter B., Jr., operating the farm and living with his parents; Ina M., a teacher, graduate of the Waucoma high school; Arthur M., now a student in the same high school. Mr. Stone was in former years a Republican, but later became a Prohibitionist. He was a member of Sutherland Post, Grand Army of the Republic, at Waucoma. Always faithful as a soldier, at his trade, and on the farm, he lived to see the results of that faithfulness in the prosperity and happiness of himself and his family. Mr. Stone was for twenty years a member of and an active worker in the Methodist Episcopal church in which he held official position as steward and trustee.
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